Saturday, October 13, 2012

the story of Amanda Todd

Fifteen-year-old Amanda Todd took her own life as a result of extreme bullying.  Such a tragedy happens all the time.  Bullying is real, people.  It's not just about kids.  Adults bully each other too.  I've actually witnessed workplace bullying and nothing was done about it.

If you're a parent, I strongly urge you to watch Amanda's video with your kids.  Engage them in conversation about bullying.  If your child is being bullied at school, take charge!  Don't wait for the school system's passive-agressive anti-bullying policies further harm your child.  Get involved.  Talk to the bully's parents.   Call the cops.  Do anything that will prevent another tragedy like this.

Adults, bullying is real among you as well.  Sure, there might be a geeky co-worker in Accounting but is he/she really going to do you any harm?  Is it necessary to send joke emails & set up dating websites for the guy who wears polyester suits?  Workplace depression is on the rise and it's because people feel it's OK to be a douchebag in the workplace.  Well, it's not.

We need to rise up against bullying in all its forms.  No one should ever be persecuted by another for any reason.  When Ethan & I have kids, we want them to feel they can come to us if they're being bullied.  Grown-ups, tell a friend, family member or loved one.   Bullying just has to stop.